Tuesday, October 30, 2007
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) is taking action to respond to the community of craft artists affected by the Southern California Wildfires. They say:
We are reaching out to artists, arts organizations, galleries, businesses and others in the affected areas to offer assistance and to locate information about the arts community. While it is still too early to know the extent of damage, we do know that the situation is severe as news reports indicate. We also know that this area of California has a significant population of craft artists. We have already heard from a jeweler who lost both her home and studio and CERF Trustee and clay artist, Lana Wilson, had to be evacuated from her Del Mar home.
Please help us spread the word that CERF is available to offer assistance to craft artists in Southern California. Please also be aware that your support of our work during these times is essential so that we can deliver aid quickly and effectively.
I encourage all those so inclined to copy and paste this to your blogs and link to CERF at http://www.craftemergency.org.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Mr. Finch’s unflattering descriptions of art bloggers and art blogs really reflects more about him and less about the bloggers. Admitedly, I have lived most of my life blogless, and happily so, but recently, I find myself feeling the need. Not to blab but to listen....well...read. And I learn things. I admit to having little patience when it comes to spending hours and hours reading stuff off the computer screen. I am more apt to save a document for reading later, but I, the non-blogger, am find blogging interesting, even fun, to read about and see what is happening in other other parts of the land besides my little corner. (Joanne Mattera’s Blog, for one.) Maybe Mr. Finch is right ... bloggers write for bloggers. For instance, it was in Mattera’s blog where I was directed to his article in ARTNET and it was in Sharon Butler’s (I don't remember how I got to her, but I found her blog being knocked around in his article) where I was directed to an article in The New Republic by Jed Perl about (sadly) the recent passing of one of my long time favorite artists, R. B. Kitaj. I suppose you wouldn’t call ARTNETa blog, nor the New Republic, would you? Is he saying there is too much art criticism? or bad art criticism? Bloggers aren't smart enough or too conservative to critique, too self referential...Hmmm! Well, blogging isn’t for everyone. That’s okay. For some, it may just be public theraputic journaling. That’s okay too. In one of newsletters I receive artists are encouraged to blog...for professional reasons, it suggests. Blowing your own horn, Mr.Finch suggests. I figure one of the things artists need most is exposure. Well, their artwork needs it and maybe their ideas. Why let someone else do all the talking.
Signing off...first blog entry ever!